By Maggie LaCoste
A quick follow up to my two recent posts about renting bikes in France: a new bike service, “Rent a Bike in France” is in the process of launching a service that will help you find bikes for hire anywhere in France. Basically, the new company is an online agent, matching people looking to rent bikes with professional bike shops throughout France. The website is in the final stages of development, and representative Geoffroy Muller says that everything should be complete within two weeks. Since many of you, like me, are in the midst of planning summer 2011 trips, I thought that information on this new resource would be timely.
While this new service will probably not replace my favorite bike shops in Beaune, Sarlat, Bordeaux or in towns along the Loire, it certainly will be terrific if it facilitates one way rentals. The new service will offer a wide variety of bikes, from standard city bikes to mountain bikes, hybrids, tandems, electric bikes and kids bikes. It appears that they will even offer the very hard to rent road or racing bikes. In concept this service could be a terrific resource to those of us who don’t want the hassle and expense of lugging a bike to France. As of right now, the reservation process is linked to the department that you want to rent from and the specific zip code within that department. So you will need to have a zip code from a specific town in order to request an estimate. When the final touches to the website are completed, you will be able to enter this information, along with the type of bike(s) desired, sex and height information, any extra services desired, and you will receive a live confirmation of availability and price.
Current rental estimates listed online are 12Euro/day for a basic bike and 30Euro/day for high end specialty bikes like tandems, electric or road bikes. Extra services that will be offered include delivery of bikes at the beginning of your trip, collection of bikes at the end of the trip, guided bike tours of major cities, helmets, bike trailers, child seats and bike carriers. This new service appears to be focused on providing whatever bike-related needs a customer wants, and if this is the case, it will be filling a very big market need.
Stay tuned for more information on Rent a Bike in France in early March!